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reports. chris lawrence of the pentagon and brianna keeler in our washington bureau. let's start with chris. chris, we're talking about two high-level government officials in a scandal, general allen sent to become the supreme ally commander for nato. first off, what's the latest on the investigation? you are hearing anything? what is going to happen to general allen? >> reporter: yeah, right now what i'm hearing is that general allen is here in washington wondering exactly the same thing. he was just 48 hours away from going before that senate confirmation hearing to take over nato. now that has been postponed. he is here and people are wondering what's going to happen to him next. from what we've been able to determine from sources at the pentagon, basically they are looking at between 20 and 30,000 pages, most of them e-mails sent between general allen and jill kelly down in florida between 2010 and 2012. so right up until this year. i'm told the e-mails were inappropriate in nature and now the inspector general here at the pentagon is looking through those to see what exactly
and spending cuts. jill doherty is in our washington bureau. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> jill, both sides have said they are optimistic about a deal here. they're also not budging on some key issues. >> yeah, i mean, there is some room around the edges, but essentially, and this is the the opening gambit, of course. they're both talking about taxes. the president saying -- and revenue. the president saying that he wants more revenue from the wealthiest americans and the republicans and especially mitch mcconnell, who's the senate minority leader, he's taking a tougher stand than even boehner. let's listen to both of those positions. >> let's be clear. an opening bid of $1.6 trillion in new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson/bowles or any other bipartisan commission has called for. it's been unanimously rejected in the house and senate. it's twice as much as the white house agreed to last summer during the debt ceiling talks, and looked at in the context of the spending cuts yet to be implemented, it amounts to about 20 cents in cuts for every new dollar in tax hi
.d... well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> in gaza tonight, the mood is very tense. israeli is poised to begin a ground attack if they get the go-ahead. israel has been pounding gaza with missile strikes in retaliation for ongoing rocket attacks by hamas. we got a notion of how intense the bombing in gaza is, and we were talking to a palestinian man -- excuse me, in gaza and another man in ashkelon. watch. >> when you hear him say that, when you hear him describe the situation where he is, what goes through your mind? >> sorry. carry on with your question. >> we're having -- [ indiscernible ] >> that was mohammed suleman, his connection was cut off a moment or two later. he joins us now. muhammad, you gave our viewers on
as a terrorist organization. should washington be concerned about israel's role in the conflict. >> reporter: anderson, it's impossible to say what egypt's role is at this point. it is not clear at this point if the fiery rhetoric is just rhetoric or if there's something beyond that or prepare for example more drastic measures. i think we'll find out in the days and weeks to come, but people in washington are listening to this explosive rhetoric and they are concerned, but if you look carefully there's not much happening beyond the rhetoric. i don't think egypt can describe this and viewed as extreme, belligerent departure from the past and they certainly haven't taken arms against israel will and providing material support to hamas and they've come out and said loud and clear that we're going to abide by the camp david accords, the peace accords between camp david and israel and these are all early indications that president morsi has taken a calculated decision and not to disrupt the alliances that are in place and it should come as a relief right now to washington and tel aviv and it coul
that is slightly twice the size of washington, d.c. we used a googp map with james spider marx. >> what kind of close combat are we talking about? >> this is called combat in restricted terrain. what we have in gaza city, there are about 500,000 people who live in this city. you can only imagine the type of combat that has to take place in this very restricted terrain. >> terrain where marx says israeli troops will be exposed to ambush, sniper fire, suicide bombings. if a ground invasion is launched, analysts say it could be eerily similar to a conflict four years after a series of hamas rocket attacks on israeis. in late 2008,u early 2009, isral led a short period of air strikes follow by a long ground invasion of gaza. estimates are up to 1,400 palestinians were killed. many of them were civilians. about a dozen israelis were killed in the operation. then they were able to split up gaza, cut supply lines. this time analysts say hamas could make it tougher. >> they have much better anti-tank capability with the concourse. russian atgm, a better sand capability. >> white says in 2008-2009, h
in washington. >> diplomats in the region and around the world are working hard behind the scenes to stop this from becoming an all-out war. what are you hearing? >> wolf, you mentioned defense secretary panetta traveling in asia. all that way, made the phone call to ehud barak, the israeli defense minister, to talk about the secretary of state hillary clinton firing up the diplomatic phone lines. look at who she's been talking to in the last few days. she's been talking of course to the israelis, the egyptians, the jordanians, the turks, everyone in the region to see what can be done. the state department spokeswoman, victoria nuland today also hitting the message hard, de-escalation. listen to what she had to say. >> in all cases her message has been the same, that we are urging a de-escalation of this conflict. we are urging those countries with influence on hamas and other groups in gaza to use that influence to get a de-escalation. >> wolf, our correspondence as you know across the region, gaza, israel watching this every minute, wolf. >> we're watching it as well. thank you. let's g
to washington. the president will also meet with leaders from japan and china. this will actually be a first for a u.s. president when speaking in terms of his visit to myanmar which is also known as burma, so there you have it. we'll see the president departing shortly here for his trip to asia. we'll continue to watch these live pictures this morning for you. >>> back in washington, it seems a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff may happen before january. president obama met yesterday with the four top leaders of congress. republicans john boehner and mitch mcconnell and democrats nancy pelosi and harry reid. >> we had a very constructive meeting with the president to talk about america's fiscal problem. >> we all know something has to be done. >> it was good. i feel confident that a solution may be in sight. >> we're prepared to put revenue on the table, provided we fix the real problem. >> tax hikes and spending cuts could go into effect simultaneously if no deal is reached on the fiscal cliff by the end of the year, both sides have said they are willing to compromise. house speaker
? >> reporter: well, there are a lot of conspiracies in washington and i always look to see what they're based on. the cia in particular is not, i think, under any increased scrutiny when it comes to the benghazi investigation about anything they did or didn't do. of course congressional members on those oversight committees have a lot of questions. they'll have an opportunity to get some of those questions answered next thursday when there's a closed session briefing. michael morrell who is leading the cia at the president's request a career cia officer and he'll be the one who's in the hot seat to answer those questions. but the real probably target of any of the political back and forth that was going on over benghazi was the white house. this was very much being used sort of as a political tool, if you will, to say that the administration wasn't being transparent. i don't know that throwing david petraeus under the bus would be something that's all that plausible, to be honest. >> the questions about what the ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, had reported, that her information came from
? >> yeah, you know, it's washington, isn't it. i mean, you know, the theory, what petraeus is expected to talk about is he had his talking points. he got them declassified, approved to go out there in public. when ambassador rice started talking from her talking points, this included other information that wasn't exactly what the cia thought might be really going on. i think some members of capitol hill have brought it down to this point, was the obama administration incredibly incompetent or did they mislead congress, or did they just simply not know. probably it's a little bit of all three. >> let's turn to suzanne kelly. the fascinating thing again today was the senators allowed in to see this video, this closed circuit television video, that included very disturbing scenes of ambassador stevens' last moments. but also, it seemed to clarify, didn't it, exactly what was going on in the buildup to this attack. there was no obvious sign, according to the senators who have come out publicly after this, of any protest. >> yeah. that's what we've been hearing from people who are in those
understands things are very divided in washington. he hopes they can. again, i'll let you hear in your own words this is what he told me. >> there is a budget compromise out there for raising revenue and at the same time curbing spending. simpson bowles. you say it is a good starting point but not enough. most elected officials won't go as dpfar as simpson bowles woul because it would hurt, there would be pain. what do you suggest america can do to get the strong economic growth and the high levels of unemployment? what sort of pain should our politicians be saying we should be ready to take? do we eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, do we eliminate things people are used to but need to give up all of the above. all of the above. i think the very -- the genius of simpson bowles is a political issue, namely that you can take this trillion dollars of so-called tax expenditures, and the republicans can look at cutting them as a reduction in subsidies, which in large part they are. the democrats can look at them as a way to increase taxes on upper income groups. now, it strikes me that'
lothian, live from washington this morning. it's really nice to see you, dan. >> good to see you. >> let's first talk about the fiscal cliff. the president said we could see a deal by next week. that may hinge on this issue with taxes. how are republicans responding to the president's remarks? >> well, you know, first of all, there does seem a willingness by republicans to find areas of agreement, to reach a compromise. but they are pushing back on the president's plan because they don't believe that a solution should lie in tax hikes for any americans, including the wealthiest of americans, despite the fact that there's this looming fiscal cliff and the president has said, as you heard just a short time ago, that only middle class americans should get some ease here and not those wealthy americans from those taxes. and despite that, john boehner believes that a solution is possible. take a listen. >> i've outlined a framework for how both parties can work together to avert the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. if you've look closely at what the president had to say and look closel
in libya. now what happens now that he's gone? suzanne kelly is in washington with that part of this big story. >> susan, as washington reels from the announcement not only that david petraeus is stepping down from the post, but also from the admission he was having an extramarital affair, a u.s. official has said the counter intelligence unit was investigating a tip that he was having an affair because they needed to determine whether there was a potential security risk. the official telling cnn there was no suggestion that the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing. now, if there were an official investigation focused on the cia director, that would have been something that the congressional oversight committees would have been briefed on. it's a matter of standard procedure, but according to a congressionp aide familiar with the matter, the house and senate intelligence committees weren't told about the investigation until just hours before the director announced his resignation. as for questions over whether the timing of the resignation, coming just before genera
. tonight the focus on what played out in washington today. two foes back at it again. the battle over benghazi, the attack that killed four american. senator mccain has maintained either white house negligence or a cover up. he took it a step further and said that he would try to block any effort to promote ms. rice to secretary of state, should hillary clinton leave that post. president obama took the opportunity to fire back directly at the senator. >> if senator mccain and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. >> senator mccain heard that remark and took to the floor of the u.s. senate 73 minutes later to respond. mr. president, four brave americans died. it has now been eight weeks and the american people have received nothing but contradictory statements from all levels of our government. this president
getting. they deserve all of us here in washington to be thinking every single day, how can i make things a little better for them. everything we do isn't going to be perfect or that there are going to be big, tough challenges we have to grapple with, but i do know the federal government can make a difference. we're seeing it right now on the jersey coast and in new york. people are still going through a really tough time. the response hasn't been perfect. but it's been aggressive and strong and fast and robust and a lot of people have been helped because of it. and that's a pretty good metaphor for how i want the federal government to operate generally and i'm going to do everything i can to make sure it does. >> thank you, mr. president. and congratulations, by the way. >> thanks. >> one quick follow-up -- >> chris was there when i was running for state senate. >> that's right. i was. i've never seen you lose. i wasn't looking that one time. >> there you go. >> one quick follow-up and then i want to ask you about iran. i just want to make sure i understood what you said. can you envisio
for the update. >>> let's get to washington now, where a pretty fiery president obama ready to take off the gloves, if the republicans want to fight. the president clearly stating two key demands during his first news conference, ever since winning re-election. the first on taxes and the fiscal cliff. >> but what i'm not going to do is to extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford, and according to economists, will have the least positive impact on our economy. >> the president also making clear that he has susan rice's back. that's his ambassador, the embattled u.s. ambassador to the united nations. initially she said that that september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi began as a spontaneous protest against an anti-islam film. well, now two top-ranking republicans are vowing to block her nomination if, in fact, she is picked to be the next secretary of state. that had the president very anger. here's what he said. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> white house correspondent dan lot
. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >> jordan has been one of those stable nations, but protesters are now out in force. they want their government now to listen. >> at least one person was killed. that is jordan's second largest city. arwa damon is live in the capital of amman. you have covered jordan many, many years, have been there a couple of times. it is always a place where you feel comfortable, whether it's a sense of stability here how is this unraveling? >> well, this is mostly centering around the economy, and it is important to know that jordan, in fact, experienced its first demonstrations back in december of 2010. people demonstrating wanting to see economic reforms, wanting to see an end to corruption. prize over it is last two years, and the government increased the cost of fu
in this washington drama? >> i don't think so. i think benghazi is such a serious scandal and debacle in terms of american foreign policy that everyone wants to get to the answer, including senator dianne feinstein, the democrat from california. as far as those talking points go, it is not at all clear where they were edited. what we do know apparently is that the original determination that al qaeda was involved, or al qaeda affiliated groups was sent out the front door to the cia and went through some sort of editing process, perhaps interagency, perhaps at the white house that still hasn't been answered. what we do know is if the white house wanted to provide the answers, they could have done it before the election and chose not to. let's not forget, of course, general petraeus and his whole personal scandal, debacle, that could also be professional. we still don't know the answers to that. the administration knew of the petraeus investigation. the president claims that he didn't before the election, now we're only learning of it after. >> let's talk a little bit more about susan rice and t
in washington have trip tripped up on false intelligence in the past. people like condoleeza rice. who as national security adviser back in 2003, made the case for war in iraq, insisting that saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. >> it is time to stop the deceit and time to stop trying to deceive the world, and to offer up his weapons of mass destruction so that he can be disarmed. the overwhelming bulk of the evidence there, not about a data point here or a data point there, but about what saddam hussein was doing, was that he had weapons of mass destruction. >> right up to the end, saddam hussein continued to harbor ambitions to threaten the world with weapons of mass destruction and to hide illegal weapons activities. >> now, no nuclear weapons, no wmd ever turned up in iraq, of course. condoleezza rice went on to become secretary of state in the bush administration and back then, senator mccain and other republicans had no problem supporting her, in spite of the fact she fell for bad intelligence. >> condoleezza rice is a great american success story. this is what america
numbers in a budget. well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> lisa sylvester's monitoring some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. lisa, anti-austerity strikes hitting parts of europe. what's going on? >> that's right, wolf. violent protests over spending cuts meant to bail governments out of debt are sweeping the european landscape. angry workers took to the streets in spain where a general strike has shut down airports, factories and schools. austerity measures have caused walkouts in portugal, france, italy, belgium and greece. and the closing bell punctuated a rough day on wall street. concerns piling up over a fiscal cliff and turmoil in the middle east forced u.s. stocks to drop more than 1%.
't set a deadline, nothing happens. the default in washington is inaction and inertia. >> mr. obama interviewed by meredith vieira and since then she has stopped being a correspondent, and now -- you were furious when you came out here, because you don't want to kill your dog? >> no. >> and so the potential dog kill ser your husband? >> y. >> you are the dog lover? >> yes, i want p.e.t.a. to be very clear on this. it an extraordinary story, but the president has just been re-elected and very brilliantly in the end, and then immediately involved in the lurid tale of generals and sex and whatever else? what do you make of it? >> i think that biggest mistake that was made was starting the investigation to begin with. >> i totally agree with that. >> and i believe it is unnecessary and trampling on people's rights and privacy rights. >> well, in the end, you have two women competing for the after f affections and one who is having the affair and one who isn't, and one that is flirtatious that we know by the way she behaved with other generals? >> do we know is the way she was around oth
contributor james spider marks joining us from washington. first of all, lawmakers say they watch this video. they saw the attack from beginning to end, and it even included shots of the ambassador being dragged out from this building here. hard to watch. why didn't this intelligence actually help with the initial response and a potential rescue mission? >> suzanne, you are really getting a tactical view of what occurred, and i don't think there was any debate in any of the discussions over the course of the last two months that this was brutal, that this was very targeted. the issue became what motivated this to occur, and, again, from the outset, i don't think anybody argued that the type of weapon systems that were involved in this attack were pretty sophisticated, so, again, how did this occur? what were the motivations for it. >> what was it the consulate knew about, their surroundings, so they were prepared for these kind of eventualities, who would take the appropriate risk? every time you deploy, any time an ambassador goes anywhere, and you have americans on the ground in foreign co
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